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MediaWorks Pulls Kim Dotcom’s Mega Radio Ads

In Censorship, Kim Dotcom, New Zealand, News, Science & Technology, World Revolution on January 19, 2013 at 4:03 AM



Internet millionaire Kim Dotcom is standing by his assertion that music labels pressured MediaWorks into canning an advertising campaign for his new website to be launched on Sunday.

Dotcom, who drew a crowd of several hundred when he gave out free ice cream on Auckland’s Queen St today, told journalists he had confirmation that MediaWorks had been pressured to pull the campaign for the Mega website, however, he did not reveal his source of information.

“I can tell you that we know that it was the content industry that got MediaWorks to pull that, so that confirmation we have. We don’t know who in particular.

“It’s not even launched yet, they don’t even know what’s coming and they’re already saying ‘it’s all wrong, it’s all illegal and stop playing these radio ads’.”

MediaWorks has confirmed it canned the campaign, spokeswoman Rachel Lorimar told NBR the spots were taken off air for “commercial reasons” and that “this is a unique situation.”

She refused to comment further.

An insider at MediaWorks told NBR ONLINE the move was made in response to pressure from music and movie advertisers.

A Recording Industry Association of NZ (RIANZ) spokesman said they had “nothing to do with it”.

“It’s really a question for MediaWorks – it’s their business and we have no influence over what they do.”

He said he was not aware of any of his members complaining about the adverts.

Dotcom said it was un-democratic for content companies to use their ad-buying power to influence the decisions of an independent advertiser.

“It just shows how far the content industry is willing to go just to stop us in our tracks. They don’t want this innovation to come out.”

Dotcom and colleagues Finn Batato, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk were arrested and charged with criminal copyright violation relating to the file sharing website Megaupload and jailed following a high-profile raid on his mansion north of Auckland about a year ago.

He said today the new Mega site was “completely different” to Megaupload and he did not have concerns about Mega’s legality.

“There isn’t anything illegal about it and, I’ll tell you now, there wasn’t anything illegal about Megaupload either.

“The only similarity that the site shares is you can upload and download things, everything else around that has been reinvented, the code has been developed from scratch.”

Dotcom said the new site would be “even bigger” than Megaupload and would “change the way files are transferred and shared on the internet”.

Several hundred people gathered on Queen St as the internet tycoon-turned pop star hosted a Willy Wonka-style giveaway, handing out free “Mega flavoured” ice creams, T-shirts, and tickets to the launch of Mega at the Dotcom Mansion, with winning invitations found at the bottom of ice cream cups.

He told the cheering crowd: “In the dark ages they burned books, the enemies of progress burned books and now today they are burning websites. Mega is going to end all of that.”

Via NBR & NZHerald

Facebook Pushes Privacy Limits with New Mobile Ads

In Big Brother, News, NWO, Other Leaks, Science & Technology on July 10, 2012 at 8:29 AM




Facebook will launch a second mobile ad product which will serve ads to users based on which other apps they’ve downloaded onto their phones—raising concerns over privacy, according to the Wall Street Journal:

… ads for apps directly in a users’ News Feed on their mobile devices, whether the consumer has noted an interest in that company or not,

Facebook engineers have built technology that lets the company track what apps people have on their phones and target ads based on that information, these people said.

Previously, Facebook largely served ads keyed by users’ own preferences, friends, and their Likes. Sponsored stories, for instance, Facebook’s first mobile ad product, serves ads triggered by users’ brand mentions in their status updates.

CA Web Users File Class-Action Lawsuits Against Google & Yahoo Over Privacy

In Big Brother, News, NWO, Other Leaks, Police State, Science & Technology, USA, World Revolution on July 2, 2012 at 5:48 PM



Some California residents have filed two class action lawsuits against Google and Yahoo in Marin County Superior Court. The suits, filed on June 12 and June 28, claim that the web giants illegally intercept emails sent from individual non-Gmail and non-Yahoo subscribers to individual Gmail and Yahoo subscribers, without their knowledge, consent or permission. What’s more, they say the interception takes place before the email reaches its intended target.


“We began the investigation quite some time ago when a client came to us,” said F. Jerome Tapley, a lawyer in Birmingham, Ala. who represents the plaintiffs. “They noticed that the ads within their email browser were strangely correlating to the incoming email they were getting from their friends. It creeps people out.”

In the suit, Stuart Diamond, of Marin County; David Sutton, also of Marin County; and Roland Williams of Sonoma County — none of whom have personal Google or Yahoo email accounts, but have sent emails to people who do — allege that Google and Yahoo are violating the California Invasion of Privacy Act (CIPA), which prohibits anyone from wiretapping or eavesdropping on emails without the consent, knowledge and permission of all parties.

“The invasion of privacy by wiretapping or, in the alternative, eavesdropping, caused by Google and Yahoo’s! continual and pervasive use of such devices seriously threatens the exercise of personal liberties,” the lawyers write

The suit, which is for unspecified financial damages, was filed on behalf of all residents of California who are not Google or Yahoo email subscribers but have sent emails to people who are.

Yahoo did not respond to requests for comment, but in an email statement a Google spokesperson said, “We’re not going to comment on the ongoing litigation. But to be clear, ad targeting in Gmail is fully automated, and no humans read users’ emails or Google account information in order to show advertisements.”

Perry Litchfield, another plaintiffs’ lawyer in San Rafael, Calif., said he is unimpressed.

“It’s fundamental that computers have to be monitored and operated by people,” he said. What’s more, he added, the lawsuit is not about Gmail users — it’s about the people who send them emails. “Who knows how sophisticated they are? Certainly there are sophisticated ways to determine what you’re thinking as far as advertising is concerned.”

Currently, there are no federal laws specifically governing behavioral advertising on the web, nor is there a comprehensive general privacy law. But last week, Facebook agreed to let users know that when they “like” a product on Facebook, their names and photos can be used to endorse the item. Users will be allowed to decline the opportunity to be unpaid promoters; parents of users under 18 will also get the chance to keep their kids out of ads. Facebook also agreed to donate $10 million to charity, and pay $10 million to cover the plaintiffs’ legal fees.

Tapley said he hopes Google and Yahoo do the right thing, too. “I’d like to see them stop this behavior that’s in violation of the penal code and to compensate people whose privacy they violated.”

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